Brighton and Hove's Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan recognises and sets out plans to deliver the infrastructure needed to improve the city’s active travel network - creating the foundations to enable an active travel network where the whole community has the practical choices to travel by walking, wheeling, or cycling in a healthy and sustainable way.
The challenges Brighton & Hove City Council are hoping to overcome are three local, national and global challenges of obesity and inactivity, response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate and biodiversity emergency. There is also the challenge of meeting the Council’s own objective of being a carbon neutral city by 2030.
Creating an improved strategic network for active travel that is accessible, easy, welcoming, enjoyable, and safe. This will include embedding active travel into all transport schemes, including everyday improvements and maintenance.
A key pillar of the work is the creation of a complete network for active travel, which will reduce the potential for conflict between road users and ensure that active travel is accessible and safe for everyone in the community.
The improved accessibility of active travel will benefit everyone in the community, as everyone uses the pedestrian environment at some point in their journey. Social interactions will also be improved through higher quality and therefore more welcoming public spaces. The Council will also see our road space improved by creating safer active travel facilities, creating active travel spaces people want to use and improving access to public transport.
The overarching impact is that people will have improved physical and mental health and the community will be safer.
How is the approach being sustained?
There are several potential sources of funding available to deliver and maintain the improvements and provisions in Brighton and Hove’s Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). These include the Integrated Transport and Maintenance Block Funding, the Carbon Neutral Fund, surplus parking income, Government grants, Developer funding and Local Economic Partnership funding.
The LCWIP is an evolving document and was signed off at committee in March 2022, however it will constantly change in line with development of schemes, availability of funding and local, regional and national policy. Crucial to the successful development of the LCWIP was stakeholder engagement to inform the network development process. Overall, the principle of improvements to routes and areas in the city is now adopted in the LCWIP and the design and delivery will come at a late stage when further engagement and consultation will inform scheme detail.